Independence Day celebrations

(Posted June 23, 2016)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The following communities will celebrate Independence Day with festivals, parades and/or fireworks.

West Jefferson – July 2-4

West Jefferson’s July Fourth Streetfest will take place July 2-4 on South Center and Pearl streets behind the banks. The parade theme is “Freedom is not free.”

For more information about the festival, call Bob Harper at (614) 879-8840. To reserve a craft booth, call Terry Harper at 614-507-3155.

Saturday, July 2

1-11 p.m.—Rides and food

7 p.m.—Alexanders band

Sunday, July 3

1-11 p.m.—Rides and food

2:30 p.m.—Victory Express Gospel

7 p.m.—Southern rock band

Monday, July 4

10 a.m.—Parade forms

11 a.m.—Parade steps off

1 p.m.—Car show registration

1-11 p.m.—Rides and food

6:30 p.m.—Posse Band

9 p.m.—$1,000 drawing

10 p.m.—Fireworks (rain date July 9)

Tickets for the $1,000 drawing are $5 each and available at VFW Post 7005, Mike’s Pizza and at the Streetfest. A single $1,000 prize will be awarded.

London – July 3-4

London’s fireworks will take place at London High School on July 3. The fireworks go off at dusk. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. The London Music Boosters will sell concessions. For more information, look for “London, Ohio Patriotic Celebration” on Facebook. In case of inclement weather, cancellation information will be posted on Facebook.

London’s Fourth of July parade will line up at 10 a.m. July 4 and step off promptly at 11 a.m.

Line-up will take place on Park Avenue from North Main Street to Hawthorne Avenue. The two check-in areas are at the Park Avenue Medical Building parking lot and at Cowling Park. Participants will be contacted with their spot number and check-in area prior to the parade.

The parade route will start from Park Avenue, head south on Main Street, east on East First Street, and end at Walnut Street.

Anyone who wants to participate in the parade should fill out a registration form and parade announcer information sheet by June 30 and submit it at the mayor’s office, 6 E. Second St., London.

For registration forms or more information, contact Patrick Closser, (740) 506-1028.

The Downtown London Association, London Community Organization and the city of London are the parade sponsors. They are honoring the London Fire Department as parade grand marshals. The department is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Fire Chief Todd Eades said he plans to have all eight of the department’s fire vehicles in the parade. The antique steamer, “The London Belle,” will be included. Any past or present London Fire Department employee is invited to take part in the parade. For details, contact Eades at (740) 852-4297.

Plain City – July 4

Plain City is celebrating Independence Day on July 4. The day will start with a parade. Participants should gather at Pastime Park at 2 p.m. Line-up starts at 2:30. The parade steps off at 3 p.m., heads south on North Chillicothe Street, turns right on Main Street, then turns right on Park Street. The grand marshals are members of the former Plain City Fire Department. For more information about the parade or to sign up to participate, look for a registration form on the village of Plain City’s website,

A picnic in the park will start at 6 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their own food or purchase food from food trailers. The Plain City events committee will sell hot dogs, coney dogs, pop and water.

At 7 p.m., Agent 99 will perform music from the 1970s and ‘80s at the stage. The fireworks will go off at approximately 9:45 p.m.

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